VIDEC, a travel industry focused advisory and analytics firm,
performed an analysis of 70 airlines across six continents to track
airlines’ readiness in deploying traveller safety and health protocols
The analysis found that 88% of Middle East airlines and 70% of Asia
Pacific airlines have already enacted pre-boarding traveller temperature
checks. 33% of Asia Pacific commercial airlines also enforced that
travellers declare their recent health details. By comparison, only 31%
of North American airlines introduced thermal scanning, and – with the
exception of Southwest Airlines – most do not demand that travellers
declare their health information.
The use of face masks and hand sanitisers was found to be the most
pervasive safety protocol implemented by airlines globally. They are
also considered the most recommended passenger safety measure by the
International Air Transport Association (IATA) as it reduces the risk of
contagion in the airport and onboard.
Virendra Jain, co-founder and CEO, VIDEC, stated: “The world around
us has changed in the last three months. A prominent question on
travellers’ mind these days is, how safe is it to travel in the Covid-19
environment? Governments have introduced a flurry of health and safety
norms to curb transmission and ensure traveler safety. While the travel
industry has implemented several measures, they vary widely by cities
and countries, leaving travellers confused and anxious.”
The analysis is based on data from Safe Travel Barometer, a
comprehensive traveller safety intelligence dashboard, covering 360
travel companies such as airlines, airports, hotels, cruise, amusement
parks; and 70 destinations.
Explore more companies and their traveler safety and health protocols on the Safe Travel Barometer.